COVID-19 hospital admission in Bacolod at its lowest since Sept.

Published December 7, 2020, 11:52 AM

by Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD City – The One Hospital Command Center (OHCC) of the Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has recorded its lowest hospital capacity utilization rate (CUR) here for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) since September.

EOC records showed that, on December 4, all seven hospitals in Bacolod only reported an overall 38.79 percent CUR.

OHCC Administrative Officer Dr. Claire Capiral said that, on December 4, only 78 of 201 beds have been used for that day, leaving 123 more beds to accommodate incoming patients.

Of the 78 patients, 42 were from Bacolod while the remaining 36 were from other cities and towns in Negros Occidental, she added.

Admission rate of patients, who tested positive for COVID-19, has steadily declined as cases have also gone down in the past months.

EOC Deputy for Medical Concerns Dr. Hector Gayares noted that in September, the CUR of Bacolod hospitals was at its peak of 91 percent. But this eventually decreased at the end of the same month at 70 percent.

On October 7, the admission rate continued to go down at 67 percent. “It follows that when the number of cases of COVID-19 goes down, the CUR in the hospitals also goes down,” Gayares said.

The healthcare facilities under the OHCC include the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center, Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital, Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital, Metro Bacolod Hospital and Medical Center, South Bacolod General Hospital, The Doctors’ Hospital, and Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital.